Accidental Productivity: Where’s Your Motivation Hiding?

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have some issues with motivation.  With gettin’ ‘er done.  With a million distractions that are always more important than the task at hand.  I’m going to go out on a limb and assume this is a common problem, considering their are books and e-books and websites devoted to the issue.  And if I know one thing, I know that the number of websites about a topic directly correlate to it’s importance.  Popularity.  Whatever.  Same diff?  Not really.

I’ve been trying out a new method to combat my motivational issues lately.  Accountability.  Remember that bit from the other day about how I’m a perfectionist and I hate to fail (but I’m working on it, yeah yeah)?  Well, what would be worse than telling someone, or a whole bunch of someones, that I’m going to do something, and then not doing it?  Shame, disappointment, failure, depression, ablahdyblahblah.  And that’s not the good kind of failure in there.  The good kind needs to come from genuinely trying something, not failure because you didn’t try something.  That’s the ground rule I’m setting here, anyway.

So, what the hell am I talking about, right?  I’m talking about writing more, cooking more, posting more, doing more, for the next 100 days.  I’m taking a page out of ZenDotStudio‘s book blog, and I’m going to post something every day for the next 100 days.

Holy crap.  100 days?  That freaks me the fuck out, guys.  100 recipes, or stupid posts like this about personal development thinly veiled as a food blog post (ok, this one isn’t even thinly veiled, wait until I try to redeem myself at the end)?  Do I have that many ideas?  When does 100 days even end?  SO MANY QUESTIONS.

I went to a goal-setting workshop last weekend, and we were all suppose to choose an “accountability buddy” to keep us on track while we work at our goals.  Well, guess what, friends?  I’m making all of YOU my blog-posting-for-100-days accountability buddies!  Sweet!  Let’s all hold hands and skip down the hallway together just like elementary school buddies.  Cha.  As if.  Don’t touch me, hippy.

Anyway, I’m going to leave you with a lil’ video about “accidental productivity” that I came across on twitter this morning.  I was feeling pretty bogged down by my to-do lists this week, and ended up accomplishing a few things that weren’t on my lists, and not a lot that was, so this really struck a chord.  Sometimes we just need the space to let shit happen naturally, I think.

That said, I’ve got about a million projects on the go, including a new and exciting website for Everyone Is Vegan Coachsulting Services coming soon, a sweet contest, a bunch of recipes and other things!  So many things!  Stay tuned!

Have a smoothie!  See you later!

Post 1/100 DONE.

2 thoughts on “Accidental Productivity: Where’s Your Motivation Hiding?

  1. Nice post! When I did 100 days of Dharma I just took for granted everyday I would post. Sometimes it was 1 minute before midnight but I posted. The similarity to the "accidental productivity video" was I often didn't know what I was going to write until I sat down.

    In terms of motivation, I think different things work for different people. It's a matter of being kind enough to yourself to explore what works for you personally. In Buddhism they have a saying about how to practice, "not too tight and not too loose". So too many lists and plans can be stifling. Sometimes we just have to go with that crappy Nike slogan and "just do it"

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